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by Corina

If you’re planning on making your wedding green, you’re probably already thinking about using eco-friendly invitations. But you may not be aware of all the latest and greatest green invite options that have popped up latley!

Traditionally, wedding invitations include an outer envelope, inner envelope, the invitation itself, a reply card, and directions to the venue – that’s a lot of paper! Paper manufacturing is extremely resource intensive, requiring huge amounts of water and fossil fuels. In fact, The Federal Network on Sustainability states that the pulp and paper industry is the second largest consumer of energy! Then there’s the printing industry, which uses millions of tons of ink, toner, solvents, coatings, and adhesives derived from non-renewable petroleum. Waste products from these processes cause great harm to surrounding ecosystems. Consider this – according to Green Print, production of 1 ton of copy paper produces 2,278 lb of solid waste!

There are many ways to incorporate all of the usual functions of a wedding invite, and still tread lightly on the planet in the process. Here are some of our favorites!

Earthly Affair Invitations

Looking for a well designed invitation with classy appeal? Earthly Affair— who’s latest designs are featured above– offers gorgeous, eco-friendly invitations in two paper options – 100% Post Consumer Waste (considered the most environmentally efficient option, using no new trees) and cotton, which is FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified for responsible forest management and consists of partially recycled content. Earthly Affair is committed to recycling, reusing, or composting everything in the studio. They even keep track of their shipment to you and will offset the co2 emissions through the nonprofit CarbonFund! Stay tuned for the option to custom design your invites in the next few months. Vibrant loves: the modern, yet earthy “Daffodil” collection.

For a more DIY approach, InviteSite offers a huge variety of luxurious tree-free and 100% postconsumer recycled invites. You can print them yourself, or have them do it w/ their own vegetable based inks. InviteSite is dedicated to promoting alternative fiber papers such as mulberry, latka, and milkweed. Vibrant loves: the 100% eco “Lily.”

Want to go paperless? You know about Evite– but maybe you haven’t thought about using it for your wedding because they are usually lacking in elegance. That’s where Pingg comes in! Stylish, sophisticated, and deeply customizable – these invites have it all. Advanced, yet easy RSVP management, gift registry integration, and even the option of printing and mailing – because some people just want an old-fashioned invitation. And unlike Evite, guests can conveniently RSVP without going to the website. We think Pingg is a great option for your green wedding invites – without sacrificing in the style department!

Still need some help? Vibrant Event is a full service green wedding planning company. Give us a call now to find out how we can support you with customized eco-invitations that don’t skimp on style! There are many local and green options available, if you know where to look. We’ll help you find the best in your area.

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